Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

1-3 years
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Go beyond the individual student to making a lasting impact on entire families.
From program administration to grant writing courses, this program enhances skills centered on understanding organizational and government policies that impact families, as well as cultivating knowledge of current relationships in families through a culturally responsive lens.

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Why Earn a Family Policy and Program Administration Education Psychology Master's?

The Educational Psychology Master of Science with a concentration in Family Policy and Program Administration is designed to prepare students for a career in administering/directing programs that serve individuals, children and families.

This program takes a Family Science approach and considers the 10 content areas of NCFR’s Family Life Education with the option of becoming a Certified Family Life Educator.

Marketable Skills
  • Critique and apply research
  • Employ appropriate assessment/statistical analyses
  • Provide technical assistance to agencies
  • Oral and written communication
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to improve outcomes

Family Policy and Program Administration Education Psychology Master's Highlights

Earn a master’s degree in as little as 15 months or go at a slower pace, with five different starting points throughout the year.
The College of Education is one of Texas' top producers of teachers, administrators, counselors and other school professionals.
Courses are offered on a rotation schedule via two 8-week terms during the fall and spring semesters and 3-week, 5-week and 10-week terms during the summer.
The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, which means we meet or exceed strict academic standards for excellence in education.
The Department of Educational Psychology, which oversees this degree program, is affiliated with various research and intervention centers that provide research and development opportunities for faculty and students.
Our programs have been recognized by the National Council on Family Relations and U.S. News and World Report.

What Can You do With a Family Policy and Program Administration Education Psychology Master's?

Top 3 Careers

  • Family and Child Program Administrator
  • Family Intervention Specialist
  • Family Education Advocate

Family Policy and Program Administration Education Psychology Master's Courses You Could Take

Foundations of Educational Research Methodology (3 hrs)
Overview of the process of conducting research, from formulating research questions to sampling, data collection, analysis and drawing inferences. The main focus is on being able to understand, evaluate and utilize published research, both qualitative and quantitative. Final product is a detailed critique of published research.
Introduction to Program Evaluation (3 hrs)
Introduction to program evaluation and practice as an essential component in designing and sustaining effective programs. Role of evaluators in providing key information to stakeholders such as policy makers, school officials and program directors is explored. Topics include the information-gathering process, decision-making related to funding and continuing programs, and ethical implications and impacts of evaluation.
Grant Proposal Writing Techniques (3 hrs)
Investigation of state and federal grant funding sources. Introduction to and application of grant proposal writing techniques.
Family Relationships (3 hrs)
Analysis of the influences that affect modern family life; consideration of variant family forms.
Family Law and Policy (3 hrs)
Laws and policies affecting families. Attention is paid to the major child and family policy domains, the current major research developments in each domain, and the relevant policy debate from a family science perspective.
Introduction to Educational Psychology (3 hrs)
Review of theories and applications of educational psychology; basic concepts in learning, cognition, development and their applications to teaching and learning context.

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